At-a-Glance: Pre-PTCE™

The Pre-PTCE is PTCB’s official practice exam, designed to assess readiness and to familiarize candidates with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®). It is built to the content outline of the PTCE

Unlike practice exams from other providers, the Pre-PTCE contains questions formerly used on the PTCE and simulates the same look, feel, and functionality as the actual PTCE experience. This allows you to become familiar with the real exam experience before test day.​ The Pre-PTCE is also unique in that it provides explanations for the answers after you submit the responses but before receiving a score.

Cost and Bundle Savings

Purchase the Pre-PTCE for a $29 nonrefundable fee by using the link available in your PTCB Account or save $10 by bundling your Pre-PTCE and CPhT application purchases! The discount is applied automatically when both the Pre-PTCE and CPhT applications are added to your PTCB Account cart.

Note: If you purchase a bundle and withdraw the CPhT application, you will still be able to access the Pre-PTCE during your exam authorization period.

90-day Authorization Period

  • Once the Pre-PTCE is purchased or a voucher is redeemed, you must start and complete it within 90 days. Once you begin your Pre-PTCE, you must finish it within 48 hours.

1 hour and 50 minutes Exam Length 

  • Once the Pre-PTCE has begun, you have a maximum of 110 minutes (1 hour and 50 minutes) to answer the questions within the exam itself. Once you begin your Pre-PTCE, you must finish it within 48 hours.
  • As with the PTCE, a collapsible timer countdown is in the top right corner of the exam window.
  • If you answer all of the questions and there is time remaining, you are given the opportunity to review and change answers until the 110 minutes (1 hour and 50 minutes) expire. 
  • If you start the Pre-PTCE, but stop it before completion of the 110 minutes (1 hour and 50 minutes) and you are still within 48 hours of starting the exam, you can navigate back to the Pre-PTCE to resume. There is a Resume Exam button in place of the Begin Exam button, and you will resume at the time that the exam was stopped.

24-Hour Review Period After Completing the Exam

  • The Pre-PTCE is accessible for 24 hours (you can start, stop, return before the timer runs out) after you complete the exam. 
  • The Pre-PTCE is scored. The score report will show how many questions you answered correctly in each knowledge domain.

Score Report

  • Your final score report will be available in your PTCB Account within 1-3 business days following your completion of the Pre-PTCE.

Need more help?

If you need additional assistance after reviewing the information above, please submit a help request or contact us by phone at 800-363-8012. Our Customer Service team is available Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm ET and Saturdays, 11:30am to 4pm ET.

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